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Monday, December 29 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Stephen Haag

Yes, this list is alt-country and garage-centric. And yes, I am aware that OutKast is the greatest band on the planet. You can read about

Monday, December 22 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Gypsy Flores

1. I Muvrini, Pulifunie (Higher Octave)Pulifunie is the Corsican word for polyphony and in my opinion, I Muvrini are one of Corsica’s best interpreters

Best Music of 2003 | Mark Desrosiers

1. The Midnight Evils, Straight ‘Til Morning (Estrus)Drunk Minnesotans fumble at the bra-strap of their Muse, with Jack Daniels on their breath and some Nazareth

Best Music of 2003 | Sal Ciolfi

1. Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It in People (Arts & Crafts)I’m not entirely sure what to say about this collective that has not

Best Music of 2003 | Justin Cober-Lake

1. Elbow, Cast of Thousands (V2)It’s a shame that the best album of the year came out in August, but won’t reach the

Friday, December 19 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Adam Williams

1. Led Zeppelin, How the West Was Won, (Atlantic)For a band as legendary as Led Zeppelin, the lack of a definitive live album in it’

Best Music of 2003 | Simon Warner

1. Blur, Think Tank (Virgin)The exotic inflections of Morocco compensate for the farewell (temporary or otherwise) to guitar stalwart Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn’s

Best Music of 2003 | Jason Thompson

Well, another year in music has gone by. What have I learned? Well, if nothing else, I learned that the White Stripes apparently ruled everything

Best Music of 2003 | Patrick Schabe

Another year, another stressful round of trying to pick out the outstanding albums of the year. Stressful because, while 2003 was a good year for music

Best Music of 2003 | Terry Sawyer

1. Buck 65, Talkin’ Honky Blues (Warner Canada)Man, I love Buck 65 so much I should just marry him. Hearing “Roses and Blue Jays” live is the

Best Music of 2003 | Gary Glauber

In my opinion, 2003 had some of the best music in years. Though I tried hard to listen to as much as possible, I realize there

Best Music of 2003 | Andrew Gilstrap

1. My Morning Jacket, It Still Moves (ATO)It’s a wonder I’m still moving after my first listen to this record, after coming face-to-face

Best Music of 2003 | Jon Garrett

2003 produced more music that I enjoyed than any year since 2000, when Doves Lost Souls and Radiohead’s Kid A vied for the top spot on

Best Music of 2003 | Cynthia Fuchs

“Techniques That Freaks These Boys”: Top Hip-Hop CDs in 2003 Often surprising, ever shifting, hip-hop this year produced Jay-Z’s retirement, Tupac’s re-resurrection, André 3000’s

Soul Christmas

Somehow the voices of Otis Redding, Joe Tex and Clarence Carter, never seemed to conjure the 'White Christmas' dreams I thought I should be having. My sense of Christmas and Christmas music forever changed when my mother bought me a copy of The Jackson Five's Christmas Album.

A Very Country Christmas

The intersection of Christmas songs and country singers might at first blush, seem a natural. The genres share a traditional worldview rooted in family and faith and an often tender, nostalgic view of the past.

Thursday, December 18 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Matt Cibula

1. El Gran Silencio, Super Riddim Internacional, Vol. 1 (EMI Latin) The best band in the world issues a cumbia/rock/reggae/rap manifesto from Monterrey, Mexico.

Best Music of 2003 | Anthony C. Bleach

The Aislers Set, How I Learned to Write Backwards (Suicide Squeeze)This third full-length by these San Francisco noise-popsters isn’t their best album, but

Best Music of 2003 | Michael Christopher

1. The White Stripes, Elephant (V2)Hyped to the nines, Elephant was being called “The Best Record of the Year” before the year was even a

Wednesday, December 17 2003

Best Music of 2003 | #6-10

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

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